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Senior rebel commander slams UN human rights report on Bentiu massacre


January 11, 2015 (KAMPALA) – A senior South Sudanese rebel commander has slammed a human rights report that claimed opposition forces were responsible for a massacre in Unity state capital Bentiu in which more than 300 civilians were reportedly killed in mid-April last year.

Major General Koang Chuol Ranley, who is the former Unity state division fourth commander, has disputed the findings of the report, saying the claims were unfounded and that those killed were Sudanese rebels fighting alongside government forces.

Ranley accused the UN and rights groups of relying on hearsay and had failed to conduct in-depth investigations on the ground.

He maintains that those killed were combatants from Sudan’s Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) had been present in Unity state alongside government forces loyal to president Salva Kiir and that reports of civilian casualties was “government propaganda” that had been fed to the UN and human rights agencies.

“Yes, the people were killed, but those who were killed belong to the Justice and Equality Movement and we have full evidence that they are Sudanese rebels who were used by the government of Juba to fight us in the area,” he said.

Kiir declared a state of emergency in Unity state in January 2014, with all foreigners working in Bentiu subsequently evacuated.

The rebel faction has accused human rights groups and the UN of bias, saying the agencies had failed to report unlawful killings carried out by government troops when they regained control of the state.

It is also alleged that government forces alongside Sudanese rebels participated in the burning of houses in Guit, Koch, Mayiandit and Leer counties.

In a phone interview with Sudan Tribune, Ranley said the rebel faction was prepared to accept an impartial investigation into claims made by the UN and human rights groups.

The report, released by the human rights division of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) also documents the killing of dozens of people by a mob of armed men who attacked protection-of-civilians site outside Jonglei state capital of Bor two days after the Bentiu massacre.

South Sudan erupted in violence in mid-December 2013 following a political disoute in the country’s ruling party (SPLM).

Oil-rich Unity state has been the scene of repeated clashes between government and rebel forces, changing hands several times throughout the conflict.


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  • 12 January 2015 10:54, by Ayom Ayom

    Rebels slaughtered at least 353 civilians in April last year 2014, including people sheltering in a mosque, hospital and UN base, UN investigators said on Friday. Could anything justify the extermination of civilians on such a scale? Wanton killing of Innocent civilians is a terrorism.

    • 12 January 2015 20:29, by Thokidine

      Ayumayum, stop spreading lies that u have just heard, ask the pple who are there on the scene to feed u with the truth. since Jan. 8 2014, there were no civilian in Bentiu leave alone Durfur. so let we not use this case as an excuse to report to UN or any other body to gain the momentum, those who were killed were pure soldier but who do not have where to escape, as we know the Arab style they

  • 12 January 2015 11:44, by Kalo

    Mr James Kaong or CDR,you are lair,you didn’t kill single SPLM-N soldier,if you need SPLM-N are not far from You,all of you will go to Khartoum,you will not have base in South Sudan,last rebellion,we were together,tell me what happened to Machar,william Nyuon and Karbino,we chased them upto Khartoum,just prof and give the evident,not precipitation.

  • 12 January 2015 12:58, by Hardlinner

    Koang chuol should be reminded that UN are not babies like nuers to be fool around with. You guys killed innocent Darfur civilians and deny it at broad day light. Kiir ordered investigation in killing 300 to 500 nuer males civilians in juba when UN disclosed the killing. Kiir did not deny the killing. But i certainly do not understand the logic behind your denial. Just accept your guilt.

  • 12 January 2015 14:41, by Adok Wolu

    Those killed are a Sudanese rebel fighting a long side Kiir group,those commentators are just telling white lairs are wasting their time,tell those justice and equality movement to fight their war with the north, if they come this year they will see another killing, leave alone that they are claiming that they civilian, they were in uniform, CDR go a head UN is bribed by Kiir govt.
    Adok wolu

  • 12 January 2015 14:47, by Adok Wolu

    mr Kalo or kalib
    u are only a fooditians who is just joking when people are talking reality, what sense does it make when u bring your husband to South Sudan to fight us ? and after all when thare killed they say they are civilian, why do they fight the war and say they are civilan ? tell them that, u stay a way from this war leave a lone crying that u are civilian.
    Adok Wolu

    • 12 January 2015 16:15, by Rami Tot

      I was witnessed evacuation process in January lastyear thus Sudanese rebels killed in bentiu UN is lia about that civilians can not be war torn of another country why Ethiopia citizens are killed in any towns of south Sudan.

      • 12 January 2015 18:11, by Bentiu Sudan

        Those UN reporters are very bias in their report. They are truly bribed by Kiir government. Imagine, they never report the massacre of Nuer in Juba from day one. 175 Nuer were killed in UN Compound in Bor and 280 other were wounded. However, the UN of Salva Kiir reported only 47 dead and they refused to report the wounded people.

        • 12 January 2015 18:20, by Bentiu Sudan

          When the SPLA-Juba captured Bentiu in January 2014 from the rebels and burned it to ground the UN did not say anything. However, when the rebels recaptured the town from the government, the UN lies excessively against the Rebels that 200 Darfurians were killed in Mosque.

          • 12 January 2015 18:26, by Bentiu Sudan

            Because the Darfurians Military who were in Bentiu did not know their way around to run away from S. Sudan rebels when they saw the government the support was losing the town to the rebel, so the JEM militants and thrown guns away and ran to the mosque pretended to be civilians.

            • 12 January 2015 18:32, by Bentiu Sudan

              When rebels recaptured Bentiu Town from S. Sudan government forces, there were no civilians in the town because the town was burned to ash by government forces and Darfurians militants. There was not single shop and restaurant at all in Bentiu. What were those 306 traders UN bias reporters reported killed were selling? and to who they were selling their products?

              • 12 January 2015 18:40, by Bentiu Sudan

                Shame on you Ellen Margrethe Loej for being a liar and a bias UN reporter. God will hold you accountable too for supporting the killing of Nuer in Juba. You will die in a painful death one day like those who were killed in Juba by the president who bribed you to report liars against Nuer people who are fighting in self-defense.

    • 12 January 2015 20:27, by Kalo

      Adok Nyagat,you are stupid,you are fighting with out objectives,dogs of Jalaba nuer will never killed single SPLM-N in cold blooded like civilians,you know us very well when we were together.

      • 13 January 2015 04:56, by Malakal county Simon

        Black Slave Arab Kalo

        If I were you, I should feel ashamed for abandoning my war with Bashir regime.... what will you gains by interfering in South Sudan internal while siding with most foolish president in the world?? Of-course lost of lives....

        • 13 January 2015 05:06, by Malakal county Simon

          Be inform in your thick head that money’s do come and go, but South Sudan will remains forever..... So what’s if the free- dom fighters take over the country tomorrow, where will you get the support from since you allied yourselves with the outgoing foolish president Kiir?? If I were you, I would immediately starting to adjust my current stand!!

          • 13 January 2015 05:18, by Malakal county Simon

            Back to the topic;

            The UN allegations against the Free-dom Fighters, is mothing other than called it baseless..... The very UN failed produced facts in relations whether this victim’s were combatants or truly civilians. My advice to UN is that’s it’s very respected organisation which should not be bais in any conflicts or taking side!! It’s should be neutral and provides solution!!!!

            • 13 January 2015 16:18, by Bentiu Sudan

              Malakal county Simon,

              For your information, Kalo is not Nubian or Darfurian but he or she is a typical Dinka. As you know Dinka do not have unity vocabulary words in their mouths.

        • 13 January 2015 09:30, by Kalo

          Nyagat county Simon,who are arabs slave?it is your leader Riek begging Arabs for help since 1990s,you Nuer people,you are ever Ngagat and didn’t participate in the movement that is why is easy for you to betray,let me tell you we are not help Kiir,if so,you will not survive ,don’t for get we are your neighbor,don,t make us to be your enemy,you killed many nuba in Nasir ,that on should not repeat!!

  • 12 January 2015 23:30, by Emporio

    Here this is what we call it a real nuer mentality denying the massecre of bentiue in day light even raik himself admitted that has occurred . Shame on these dogs killing innocent people and try to justify that even though peoples were in mosque with no guns what is the point of killing them

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